Showing posts from March, 2017

Norway's seed vault joined by Arctic World Archives

Norway's seed vault  preserves seeds from international seed banks in case of apocalypse, war, natural disasters or other traumatic events cause mass destruction, to allow for the continuation of crops all over the world. The seed stores the seeds in a special cold storage deep in the permafrost of  Svalbard, Norway.  Currently there are more than half a billion seeds. The vault is now being  joined there by the Arctic World Archives. Information in the archives will be stored on a new film system from a firm called Piql. Piql began with converting films from digital to analog and are now into data preservation.  Not being stored digitally prevents the data from being lost due to cyberattacks. Ha - the film archivists of the world are smiling- we already knew that! The archives plans to work with "governments, scientific institutions, authorities, companies and even individuals to store analog film copies of their data"...for safety in their vault." Hopefully betwee…

see the face of a 13th c. poor London man

On April 2 I blogged about how a huge medieval cemetery was found during underground checks during a building expansion project. Here's how Cambridge researched the bones of and recreated the face of one man who was part of London's 13th century urban poor, about which little is known as they didn't own property and leave property records. See

Detroit Public Library adding hours

For the first time in 36 years the main branch of the Detroit Public Library will be open on Sundays 1-5pm through May, offering family activities, speakers, and classes. I hope someone comes and uses the library. Two recently renovated branch libraries in Redford and on E. 7 Mile Rd will also be open on Sundays, a first for branch libraries. Read more about it here

I also thought this was hysterical. A library book overdue by 100 years (that's right-Years!) was finally returned to the San Francisco Public Library. The lady who checked it out died before she could return it. Her great grandchildren found it, read it, and finally returned it. The library is deciding if they will add it to their historical display and their active collection.

classic cataloging manuals

Reorganizing my office I found three three-ring binders of classic manuscript cataloging manuals and references I was given when I started working here. The information in them all dates from 1980 to 1987,  at least a decade and a half before I arrived on the scene. These are now so obsolete that they are classics. Now we searchable online for manuals, rules, examples, and answers.

Everyone is very busy in the archives


new dino classification method?

New dino family tree with new way to think about classifying dinorsaurs based on how they are related, not on how their hips were. Read more about it here

Sault Ste Marie RM job